Halloween Fire Safety Tips
Help keep your home and children safe with this guide.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, Halloween is one of the top five days for candle fires. Help keep your home hazard-free during the holiday with these tips.
The safest option is to use battery-operated LED lights or glow sticks. However, if you use real candles:
- Keep candles at least 4 feet away from anything flammable, including decorations, curtains and Halloween costumes.
- Make sure candles and pumpkins with candles, as well as matches and lighters, are out of reach for children and pets.
- Use long-stem matches or a utility lighter to light candles inside carved pumpkins.
- Never leave unattended candles near decorations.
- Keep all exits and pathways clear of decorations, and remove obstacles from your lawn, steps or porch so trick-or-treaters can get to your door safely and easily.
- Set up decorations far away from open flames and heat sources, including lightbulbs and space heaters.
- Opt for battery-operated or electric decorations instead of luminarias to light up your yard and windows.
- Never overload extension cords.
- Make sure your fire extinguisher is accessible and working.
- Costumes that don’t have billowing fabric or pieces that trail behind your child, such as capes. Costumes should fit properly and not be too loose or baggy.
- Flame-resistant fabrics and accessories such as those made from polyester or nylon.
Before you venture out trick-or-treating, teach your children to steer clear of candles and to “stop, drop and roll” in the rare event a costume catches fire.